Monthly Spirit

September 2008
Memento Mori

Memento Mori © Aris Dervis 2008 Katrina Memorial Lower Ninth Ward New Orleans

© Aris Dervis 2008


Memento Mori


It seems remarkable to post this column, a tribute to Katrina victims and survivors, so close to the arrival of Hurricane Gustav. 

This photo was taken in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in May of 2008 when our dear friend Angie was kind enough to take us on a tour of the devastation.  Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that translates to “Remember You Are Mortal.”  Memento Mori to me means a keepsake or souvenir of those who have left us.   I take great refuge in the mementos of my loved ones, whether it be a ring my father left me, or a swag of hair from my beloved dog Ginger’s tail.

No matter how long you live, our time on earth is incredibly short. Maybe our only obligation is to learn how to love and to acquire wisdom.  Certainly the unpredictable nature of Mother Earth and political follies make our journey all the more dicey.

New Orleans has been a special source of home for us for over two decades.  We have met some of the most evolved souls there, be it for a moment in a bar, or a lifetime in a dog run.

Our special prayer is that so great a spot in place and time be spared and blessed.

Memento Mori is not available for sale.  If you are so inclined, donate money to the rebuilding of the most amazingly gorgeous city in America.


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